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Viva Medias B's
11-07-2012, 08:12 AM
Per reports, U.S. Cellular is selling its Chicago and other Midwestern markets to units of Sprint.

EDIT: An updated Tribune story reports that the ballpark will continue to be called U.S. Cellular Field.

UPDATED Chicago Tribune Story (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-us-cellular-exiting-chicago-market-20121107,0,6960450.story)

Crain's Chicago Business Story (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121107/NEWS08/121109803/u-s-cellular-to-sell-markets-including-chicago-to-units-of-sprint)

Rocky Soprano
11-07-2012, 09:54 AM
So, U.S. Cellular will no longer have cell service in Chicago?
How much longer to they own the naming rights to U.S. Cellular Field? I would expect that means that the park will have a new name after that current deal expires.

soxfan1965
11-07-2012, 10:22 AM
How about Softbank Stadium?

mrfourni
11-07-2012, 11:45 AM
I'm surprised the name of the ballpark has lasted this long.

russ99
11-07-2012, 12:55 PM
So, U.S. Cellular will no longer have cell service in Chicago?
How much longer to they own the naming rights to U.S. Cellular Field? I would expect that means that the park will have a new name after that current deal expires.

I believe it was a 20 year deal starting the first year of the most recent renovations - probably 2002 or 2003.

Kinda bummed about U.S. Cellular, I fully intended to go back to them if they ever got the iPhone. They were by far my favorite telecom provider.

doublem23
11-07-2012, 01:15 PM
Kinda bummed about U.S. Cellular, I fully intended to go back to them if they ever got the iPhone. They were by far my favorite telecom provider.

They don't even have 4G in the market... Wait, is the iPhone 4G capable yet?

Rocky Soprano
11-07-2012, 01:28 PM
I believe it was a 20 year deal starting the first year of the most recent renovations - probably 2002 or 2003.

Kinda bummed about U.S. Cellular, I fully intended to go back to them if they ever got the iPhone. They were by far my favorite telecom provider.

I wonder if they are able to sell the naming rights. I can't imagine them keeping the name if they will have no presence in Chicago.

They don't even have 4G in the market... Wait, is the iPhone 4G capable yet?

Yes.

DumpJerry
11-07-2012, 04:20 PM
I wonder if they are able to sell the naming rights. I can't imagine them keeping the name if they will have no presence in Chicago.
Their headquarters will still be in Chicago.

Rocky Soprano
11-07-2012, 04:22 PM
Their headquarters will still be in Chicago.

Which I find very interesting since they wont offer their services here.
Are there any other companies that do that?

DumpJerry
11-07-2012, 04:29 PM
Which I find very interesting since they wont offer their services here.
Are there any other companies that do that?
I'm sure there are plenty. There's no reason for them to go through the expense of moving their HQ just because they exit the market.